For the seventh release at Serein we are graced with an EP from renowned Berlin composer, Marcel Tuerkowsky. Marcel had previously contributed a composition to the 'Tracks in the Snow' compilation, so it is with great pleasure that we welcome him back.
This is a collection of work restored from analog tape, dubbed the 'lost tapes' which he has revived for us to hear. The pieces were written after dark and have a peaceful, introspective quality to which "Night Tapes" kindly lends its name.
Spanning seven tracks and over thirty-five minutes in length, this is a remarkable EP. At times dark and brooding and other times beautifully restrained, each track involves the listener more and more. Swathes of heady textures unravel and hang sustained, dense atmospheres are captured and teased. Stunning.
August 31, 2006 Subject:
this is one of my favorite netrelease in the filed of experimentlal, drones. it's quiet and subtle. seems to be a very authentic, sincere way of composition.
April 26, 2006 Subject:
Dust and Clouds
On these seven beautiful and spacious pieces, Tuerkowsky skillfully and delicately manipulated both his instruments and the effects processors, so that as looped and recycled as these tones are, they never become dissonant or overtly digital or clinical in nature.
Gentle swells of feedback are layered atop one another providing an almost heavenly glow on "Stravanger Blick". On "De Dodu", multiple cycles of fieldrecording sounds bounce along, popping and bubbling around one another to a deep and sultry sound bed made up of nothing but hum. Mmm...nice.
Tuerkowsky never loses the sense of overall structure, no matter how long the songs are. He doesn't just make his instruments sing, he makes them shine.
ItÂs easy to lose yourself in the gorgeous, multi-hued wash of sound, but donÂ´t your headphones and the record changes as abruptly as a 3-D movie does when you put on those silly glasses. Each aural element moves in carefully calibrated relation to the others; the slow spiral and uplift of fluttering tones and the narrowing and widening of pitch intervals imparts a sense of wonder similar to the one I felt when I watched a dusk gathering of gasbags. At the end "Ein Wind" turning everything into dust.
It must be a heady thing to be capable of summoning such beauty. I give Tuerkowsky a big credit for this night tapes experiment. IÂm glad that he left this artifact of his night explorations.
March 29, 2006 Subject:
Nothing new here, as several so-called American Minimalists have been down this path before, from Terry Riley to Alvin Lucier, not to mention contemporaries of OÃÂ´Rourke, like JLIAT (and his endless organ drones; see Hilbert's Hotel). Marcel Tuerkowsky s pieces are not static, they keep on progressing, become playful at moments with the accompaniment of fieldrecorgins, which is enough to keep hold of the listener's attention, and one must admit that, even though this is hardly more than an exercise, it is very gracefully and convincingly carried out. i enjoy it a lot and truly recommend these Night Tapes to all the music fans out there.
March 27, 2006 Subject:
l love analog
I am impressed...
This album totally gets me. Warm piano loops, a drony atmosphere harmonically simple and complex at the same time.
Marcel Tuerkowsky gradually folds in additional layers and hints of counterpoint, from organ-like chords, soft longing tones, and an assortment of fine tape noise. The deep basses, the concret fieldrecordings, the organ sounds are magnified emotionally through careful arrangement.
Each individual piece of sound on Tuerkowsky s Night Tapes is carefully placed to maximize impact. The whole piece De Dodu consists of of mixture of different fieldrecordings, rain, moving devices in the wind suddenly
one guitar playing streetmusician stopping the cloud of organs, that appeared before hugging the noise of the rain.
It is completely overwhelming, never failing to produce any boring time for me.
Indeed a sense of the subconscious, its melodic progression and flow involves the listener more and more.
I feel that i get peacefully hypnotized. With knowing that Tuerkowsky `s Night Tapes was made after dark i guess he must felt the same.
I see the the minimalist influences of Terry Riley, Steve Reich, Jim O`Rourke, Charlemagne Palestine on
Night Tapes,and i am curious what this young soundartist and composer will show us in the future.
I would love to listen to it on vinyl one day, i would play it all night.
Marcel Tuerkowsky also playes in Kinn with Frank SchÃÂÃÂ¼ltge Blumm, (i found out recently). They made a very nice self titled record in 2003, i wonder what the new one will be, it is released just in this moment on audio dregs.
Well I love the Night Tapes
March 25, 2006 Subject: